- Scientists at King’s College London have predicted that 58,126 people were infected daily in the week to 25 September.
- Statistics show that children, their parents and young adults have seen an increase in their infections in the latest period.
- Professor Tim Spector, who led the study, warns that Covid is starting to travel up the ‘generation ladder’
- Public Health England’s weekly surveillance report showed a decline of eight cases in ten regions over the past week
- Separate test and trace data published today shows England’s infections have risen 18 percent in a week
The number of Britons who catch Covid every day rose by nearly 30 per cent last week, amid fears that a fourth wave of infections is just around the corner.
Scientists at King’s College London estimated that 58,126 people were getting infected every day for the week ending 25 September, a 28.9 percent increase from the previous seven-day gap.
Cases among children have increased ever since millions of youth returned to classes after the summer break. But now the infection is spreading to their parents, a trend MailOnline revealed earlier this week.
Professor Tim Spector, who led the study, said cases were now being passed down the ‘generation ladder’. He warned families to be careful in this ‘critical time’ as ‘a little caution’ could prevent hospitals from overflowing due to another surge this winter.
This came as separate test and trace figures showed England’s infections increased by 18 per cent in the latest week. He said more than 190.000 positive test results were recorded in the week till 22 September.
And Public Health England’s weekly surveillance report showed that eight out of ten local authorities across England reported an increase in Covid cases last week.
Despite figures showing the UK’s coronavirus outbreak is on the rise, the number of people contracting positive for the first time in nearly a fortnight is on the rise. Health department data showed another 36,480 cases were registered, down 0.6 per cent from the same period last week. They increased week-on-week for the last 12 days.
Scientists at King’s College London estimate that 58,126 people caught symptomatic Covid every day in the week to 25 September, the latest available. This was an increase of about 30 percent over the previous week.
Public Health England’s weekly surveillance report showed that eight out of ten local officials saw an increase in their COVID cases in the past week (left) compared to a spike in the previous seven days (right).
Statistics show that children, their parents and young adults saw an increase in their COVID cases in the past week. Professor Tim Spector, who led the study, warned that infections were now traveling down the ‘generation ladder’.
Cases of Kovid are increasing in all four countries of the UK. The above graph shows that there are now more cases in Wales than in every region of England
Public Health England’s weekly surveillance report showed Covid cases increased among children and their parents in the past week, and remained flat among grandparents. It is feared that cases will soon spread to the most vulnerable age group
The report also revealed that before winter, infections are increasing in every region of England.
Separate test and trace data showed the number of people testing positive for Covid in England increased in the latest week. Over 190.000 positive test results were recorded in the week to 22 September, an increase of 18 percent in seven days
UK’s Covid cases are down (but only)
Official data shows Britain’s Covid outbreak has eased for the first time in nearly two weeks, while hospitalizations and deaths continue to decline.
A further 36,480 people tested positive for Covid across the UK today, a drop of 0.6 per cent from the 36,710 infections seen last Thursday, data from the Department of Health showed. The cases were increasing continuously week after week for the last 12 days.
Despite the drop in official numbers, it could be a setback as other surveillance measures revealed today that cases are still rising.
Data from King’s College London shows that the number of Britons catching Covid every day last week rose by almost 30 per cent.
Cases among children have increased ever since millions of youth returned to classes after the summer break.
But now the infection is spreading to their parents, a trend MailOnline revealed earlier this week.
Meanwhile, Covid hospitalizations and deaths continued to decline, with 657 people infected with the virus requiring NHS care and 137 deaths recorded.
Both figures are weeks behind cases because of how long it can take for infected patients to become seriously ill.
Estimates from the Covid Symptom Study app – also run by health data science company ZOE – suggested that Covid cases rose in all four UK countries in the past week compared to the previous seven days.
Wales saw the sharpest increase in infections, up 33 percent in a week to 4,185 cases in a day, followed by England (up 29 percent to 46,275), and Northern Ireland (up 28 percent to 1,999).
Scotland was estimated to have increased its cases by five per cent in the latest week, with 4,185 residents thought to have caught the virus every day.
Professor Spector, an epidemiologist at King’s College London, said: ‘While the latest ZOE data shows new cases have been reported in the past week, it is encouraging to see a decline in national hospitalization rates as we approach winter. Huh.
‘While most cases are still in puberty, we are seeing the infection being passed on from generation to generation, from school children to their parents.
‘Most of these new adult infections are those under the age of 50, who still have a relatively low risk of hospitalization, especially if they have been fully vaccinated.
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